Myths, legends: these are stories that motivate us to strive for greatness; people that inspire us to put forth a greater effort; and events that captivate our imagination filling them with delusions of grandeur.
Once upon a time, the United States of America had numerous foundational myths that largely originated with the Constitution, The Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. The exploits of the men who forged a country out of the wilderness and wrote these documents, enshrining rights into the fabric of the early nation, were told from generation to generation with reverence.
The legends and myths that accompanied the founding of this nation were supplanted with a speech that has reached near Biblical status, as if God wrote the words himself and had a mere mortal act as an earthly vessel in the delivery of this address. “I have a dream…”
This speech has come to dominate the belief systems of Republicans and Tea Party participants alike, allowing the suppression of hate facts from ever being discussed for only one who departs from the liturgy of the Holy message by judging one by the “color of their skin” instead of the “content of their character” would dare commit such an egregious sacrilege.
Black Run America (BRA) is under no direct threat, because the message of the “I Have a Dream” speech protects any public refutation of its very existence from coming into play. Only one who dares commit the unpardonable offense of “judging one by the color of skin” would observe that character is noticeably absent from a large portion of particular segments of society.
The “I Have a Dream” (I HAD, henceforth) speech acts as the ultimate suppressant of unsavory factoids regarding Black people, deflecting any legitimate criticism of Black people by placing the moral burden on the person who dares notice the deficiencies in character of a particularly large segment of the Black population.
Only one with no character to begin with would dare look upon “the color of skin” of an individual and then pass judgment on an entire people, even if one can discern patterns that afflict that individual’s entire community.
Disingenuous White Liberals have long enjoyed the fruits of buying into the “I HAD” philosophy, though they give it merely lip service in public and privately stay as far away from those whose character far outweighs any notice of their skin.
Conservatives represent the ultimate “I HAD People” as they constantly invoke this Holy Writ in public and scarcely deviate from the message delineated by the true prophet of God on that hallowed August 28 date.
Like the Pod people in the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, “I HAD People” seem to lack any distinguishable ideology or primary function except in the continual evoking and espousal of the phrase, “they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Despite the mountain of evidence that Black people have no problem judging by the color of skin (as long as it is Black) and completely disregarding character, “I HAD People” cling to this illusory message of hope and reconciliation.
“I HAD People” are completely unaware that each time they pay homage to the true myth that founded Black Run America (BRA) they bequeath more power to a regime that hates and loathes them. In BRA, character is but an ideal that equates to precious little when opposed with the reality of skin color.
Black people are above questioning in America, simply because noble character has become synonymous with Black skin, thanks in large part to the continued worship of the “I HAD” speech by “I HAD People”.
No amount of hate facts will ever dissuade “I HAD People” from questioning the beliefs of that fabled “I HAD” speech, for such heretical thought would mean ostracism from BRA.
The reality of BRA is that no peace can ever be reached, no amount of concessions will ever justify a cessation to the question “And then?” And worse, “I HAD People” will stunt any true opposition from ever forming.
And just like in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the pod people (I HAD People) will continually be on the lookout for heretics who dare question the consecrated and divine address known as the “I HAD” speech.
BRA is powered by the divine. Perhaps we could even label it a true theocracy, with the supreme ruler those whose character is beyond reproach simply because the color of their skin is Black.
No greater myth or legend can be found in 2010 America than the "I HAD" speech, and its most devout followers are the "I HAD People" who worship this address and its message with a radical, rabid devotion, despite the enormous evidence that shows Black people barely pay it lip service.